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IMG_9880I have a confession: I have been looking at, admiring recipes for, and even recommending overnight oats to friends and clients for a while now. But it was not until yesterday that I actually made some for myself. There is no particular reason: I eat plenty of hot oatmeal and all the other ingredients on a regular basis. Perhaps it was the warm weather that inspired me this week?! (Although yesterday felt like fall again….)

Anyways, since I had time to do a big, long grocery shop trip this weekend, I made sure I had all of the ingredients and put together my fist trail Saturday night for Sunday morning. Let’s just say it was not a success and I ended up adding more ingredients so it was edible. I will add a disclaimer right here: I am not a chef! I am a Registered Dietitian and Mom who cooks, but I do my best, and I get decent reviews from my family on my recipes!

IMG_5576Last night I was determined to get it right because I know this breakfast/snack has such healthy potential:

  • Oats: high in fiber-a good carb that gives energy and helps you feel full
  • Almond Milk: low in calories and nice flavor
  • Chia Seeds: High in protein, Omega-3s and filling since they expand in liquids and the belly
  • Almonds: high in fiber, protein and good fat, they help decrease cravings and lead to a flatter stomach
  • Bananas: high in potassium, they help restore electrolyte balance and decrease excess fluid in the body
  • Strawberries: high in Vitamin C, which is great for skin and fighting colds

I got the recipe right last night and enjoyed a great breakfast today to fuel me through my morning workout. Give it a try and feel free to switch out milk, nuts, and/or fruits to make new creations. I will definitely be doing that to try out new combinations!

IMG_5789 Banana Strawberry Almond Overnight Oats
Ingredients:
1/2 cup organic old fashioned dry oats
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tbsp strawberry jelly/preserves (no added sugar)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 banana sliced
5 strawberries chopped
2 tbsp sliced almonds

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a bowl, jar or cup. Mix all together and place in the fridge overnight or at least three hours. Feel free to save some of the banana, strawberries and almond slices to add fresh flavor and crunch-I did! Enjoy!

350 calories, 11 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. It’s a great big breakfast to fuel you through the morning.

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